Annual contest continues to highlight new names and big adventures in the fantasy genre—with entries from all around the world!

RIVERDALE, NEW YORK, June 30, 2023—Baen Books formally announced this year’s finalists for the Baen Fantasy Adventure Award today.

First launched in 2014, the Baen Fantasy Adventure Award has sought to celebrate original fantasy short stories which, despite coming from a range of fantasy subgenres from sword and sorcery to urban fantasy, focus on heroics, high stakes, and adventure.

Judges for the award were five members of the editorial staff of Baen Books, as well as special guest judge Tim Powers, and all entries were judged anonymously. The contest occurs annually and looks for original fantasy short stories that range in style from epic fantasy, heroic fantasy, sword and sorcery, and urban fantasy.

“We got to read an excellent and eclectic array of stories this year. It’s great to see the fantasy genre thriving,” said Baen publisher Toni Weisskopf.

“There are some fine stories here,” added Tim Powers. Powers is a two-time winner of the World Fantasy Award and critically acclaimed author of nearly three dozen novels.

The finalists for the 2023 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award are:

“A Dragon’s True Purpose” by Ceci Black
“The Runner” by Sidney Blaylock, Jr.
“A Tale of Three Dragons” by Carrie Callahan
“Winter Offerings” by Garick Cooke
“Compact” by Arlen Feldman
“The Knight, The Witch, and The Farmboy” by C. H. Hung
“The Dreaded Song of Klau” by Jason Lairamore
“Silver Spears and Sea-Songs” by Wendy Nikel
“Fall From Grace” by Melissa Olthoff
“Once Given a Name” by Shami Stovall

This year’s winner will be announced and honored at the Baen Books Traveling Roadshow at Dragon Con 2023, in Atlanta, GA on Aug. 31–Sept. 4, 2023. In addition to the award and the trophy, the winning story will be published at Baen.com and the author paid professional rates.

Past winners of the Baen Fantasy Adventure Award have gone on to further career successes. The 2020 winner G. Scott Huggins later also won the Jim Baen Memorial Award, and the 2021 winner M. Elizabeth Ticknor went on to win Writers of the Future.

Baen Books is known for its New York Times bestselling science fiction and fantasy, including David Weber’s Honor Harrington series, Eric Flint’s Ring of Fire alternate histories, Larry Correia’s Monster Hunter International urban fantasies, and Lois McMaster Bujold’s Penric stories. Baen’s physical books are distributed by Simon & Schuster, while their Ebooks are sold at numerous on-line venues, including their own website.

For more information, visit Baen.com, email info@baen.com, or call 1-800-ITS-BAEN.

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